A case of laziness

(The title is a pun, but you have to read the post to understand.)

You may still remember that I bought a Thing (better known as a “smart phone“). The Thing and I needed some time to get used to each other, but I think we are finally getting along well enough. However, I’m not always the most caring person when it comes to valuable objects. I do try to keep them alive and well, but sometimes, I get a little careless… Sloppy… Slovenly… Or whatever adjective fits best.

So I decided to buy a phone case in order to keep the Thing’s screen pretty and scarless.

When you want to buy that in a shop, it costs so, so much. When you go searching on ebay though, it costs close to nothing. How is that possible? I have no idea. Either way, I bought myself a very cheap case, no shipping costs, perfect.

And then, it didn’t show up. I waited patiently for about two weeks, then I let my brother (who owns the account) send a mail to ask where my case was. In the meantime I had already decided to stay in Belgium, so if I would have left for Russia, it wouldn’t even have arrived in time.
We got a quick response about how something went wrong and they gave me a refund.

Fair enough. I needed to find another one to order, but because of a suddenly busy life, and a bit laziness, I never came to do it. Procrastination is the word, I think.

And then, after four or five weeks, my mother called. “Something arrived here, it looks a bit like a wallet, I think it’s that thing you ordered.”

What?

It just arrived. There was no great problem after all. Okay then!

My brother mailed again, but I don’t know if they got the point, because instead of accepting our money again, they said something about the refund and ‘check your account’. Oh well, we did pay it again, so hopefully they’ll just keep the money. So now I’m the owner of such a fancy wallet phone case, which protects my screen and makes me look just that little bit cooler (and up to date).

You see, sometimes laziness does pay off! I’m going to use this every time I need to defend that theory.

(And you see, Belgium is a country of great adventures…)

So I bought a new phone

It’s a smartphone, and it took me about half an hour to feel the first regret coming up. I managed to add a  startscreen and I can’t throw it away now. To add to the pleasure I can’t even find a proper manual. There is one in Polish, but honestly, my ‘mobile phone Polish’ isn’t that good. Yet. So now I’m sitting here, wondering if I’m too old or too old-fashioned, and if this phone and I will find a way to get along.

It’s no surprise that it took me such a long time to get a smartphone. I’m stubborn and I told myself and everyone else that I would not give in to this hype! And the sight of all those finger prints on the screen is terrible! (It is. IT IS. After 1 hour I can already say that it drives me nuts.) But the coming year I’m going abroad and somehow my parents and I belieeve that there will be a day when I get stuck in an airport, and then it’s nice if you can surf the Internet. Plus: this thing has a functioning alarm clock, which my now old phone didn’t have. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Since I can’t take my very good not phone alarm clock with me abroad, I needed a device that had an alarm clock.

Am I better off now? Hard to say. It took me many years to finally become friend with the Internet, and I have the feeling that this new phone will need some time as well. Unlike all the other people, this is just not my thing. I don’t know how they do it, but they seem to know what to do immediately. And I sit here and watch the black screen and try to see through its secrets.

I think I’ll just send carrier pigeons again.

 

Edit: Thank god there is the YouTube! Now that’s what I call a friend. I removed my home screen. Well, the one I accidentally added. Okay, at least that’s one thing I’ve overcome!